ACA Launches MD/DO Referral Program
The ACA now has a new, free benefit for its members, the DC-MD/DO Referral Program. The online program provides tips, templates and a step-by-step guide to assist chiropractors in developing an interdisciplinary referral system.
The program is due in large part to the work of the ACA Practice Management Committee and contributions from the Canadian Chiropractic Association and the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research.Program options include:
- four sample letters of introduction;
- list of suggested research to include with the initial MD/DO contact;
- description of initial phone contact;
- list of CA responsibilities;
- two sample referral cards;
- template for a list of the DC's contracted insurance companies;
- sample patient release form; and
- sample final report letter.
"The state of health care in this country will only improve if health care professionals share their expertise and resources to best meet the needs of our aging patient population," said ACA President Glenn Manceaux, DC. "This new guide to referrals attempts to close the gap between doctors of chiropractic and medical doctors so as to increase patient access to quality health care options."
The new referral program is available at www.acatoday.org/MDreferral. For more information about this program, contact ACA PMC Chairman H. William Wolfson, DC, at . For individual login IDs and passwords, contact .
SCU Introduces Institute of Science
Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) is introducing an accelerated program geared toward helping working adults interested in pursuing careers in health care. The Institute of Science allows for the completion of science prerequisites in a significantly shorter timeframe. The first classes began March 15 with all classes held at the SCU campus in Whittier, Calif.
The current plan is for the institute to initially offer courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry, human biology and physics, but there are plans to eventually expand the curriculum to include human anatomy, physiology and microbiology.
"The SCU Institute of Science significantly expands the options for students interested in pursuing careers in both health care and complementary and alternative medicine," said Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs John Scaringe, DC.For more information, contact the SCU School of Professional Studies at (562) 902-3379 or .